The Garden’s Planted—and Slugs Are Noshing

I am thrilled to pieces that the vegetable garden is fully planted! I’ve been chiseling away at it for the past several weeks, and yesterday I finally hammered in the last of the tomato stakes.

Eastern Spruce Galls

I was out working in the yard the other day and I noticed some funky growths on the small spruce tree we planted a few years ago.

Garden Versus Groundhog

There is so much to do this time of year! I’ve been busy mulching all my beds and planting more spring crops. The first planting of radish and lettuce are already up, and I’ll probably have radish ready for harvest in another week or so—but I have a problem.

Pest Alert: Asparagus Beetles

It’s time to head out and cut back last year’s asparagus ferns. Asparagus pruning is one of my least favorite springtime chores, but it’s also one of the most essential.

Emerald Ash Borer Damage

The havoc created by a little green insect known as the emerald ash borer is very evident these days here in western Pennsylvania. Tree after tree is meeting its end because of this imported pest, and the ash trees on our property are no exception.

3 Ways to Keep a Pest-free Garden

In last week’s post, I discussed a couple of excellent pest-prevention techniques you can easily employ in your own garden. Here are a few more of my favorites.

Leafminer Diseases

2 Tools to Outsmart Garden Pests

Pest insects are always on my list of garden challenges, but what I and many other gardeners have discovered is that with pests, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Garden Scare: Harlequin Bug

I was out in the garden the other afternoon with my son who, for some unknown reason, decided he wanted to plant some seeds.